Left to my own devices I could happily be a lazy guy, but that’s by no means a good thing to be when you’re in charge of a boat. When running charter boats that are in daily use, daily, weekly and monthly maintenance check lists are absolutely de rigeur to ensure that, random mechanical failure apart, the boat (and most particularly the engine) functions effectively.
There’s no consequential loss insurance available in this regard—blow the engine up through simple carelessness and that’s you out of the game. And it’s even more important when you’re in out of the way places.
So every day I check the oil level, water level, raw water filter strainer and belt tension, and have a good look around under the engine for any signs of leaks or stray nuts and bolts. This simple detective work has saved me endless hours of grief, through nipping many an impending catastrophe in the bud. And every time we start the engine, we check that the exhaust is pumping cooling water—just in case.